SUN - Students With Unique Needs
Program Description:

Every student at SUN has very unique special education needs that have exceeded current programming in member district schools.  SUN students may have cognitive impairments, and most students have significant needs in the areas of social, emotional, sensory and behavioral development.  Student profiles include documentation of significant behaviors which have jeopardized the safety of self and others.  All SUN students require a unique environment for space, welfare, dignity and safety.  All SUN students need a customized classroom space, strategies and staff-to-student ratio. The SUN program is located at the Alliance Education Center in Rosemount, Nicollet Jr. High in Burnsville and at the Apple Valley Business Center.  

Model of Service Delivery:

The target population includes students, ages 5-21. with a special education label of developmental cognitive disability (DCD) along with a diagnosis of other disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Anxiety Disorders, and other mental health needs who can benefit from a customized staff-to-student ratio, customized school curriculum in a school environment. Individually designed instruction focuses on developing more appropriate social skills, communication skills, academics, functional skills, leisure/recreational skills, home-living/self care, community, vocational skills through participation in SUN Works, and computer based curriculum.

Services Provided:

Related and support services in the areas of speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, autism and mental health are provided as needed.  

For more information on programming at Alliance Education Center contact Jennifer Hetland, Assistant Director/Principal, at 651-423-8150 and for all other sites contact Dave Stoll, Assistant Director/Principal, at 952-431-4064.